Sale Sharks have terminated the contract of Tom Arscott with immediate effect following a disciplinary investigation and hearing.
No further comment will be made in accordance with the club’s disciplinary procedure.
Arscott was disciplined by the club earlier this month for allegedly leaking information about the side’s tactics to opponents Bristol before the Sharks’ 24-23 defeat.
Sale boss Steve Diamond said at the time the news broke to Sky Sports News: “Senior players came to me and said they’d heard that information had been passed from one group to another. We set a disciplinary up and, in order to do that, we informed the RFU.”
He added: “I don’t really know the full details of it. That information has been passed onto the RFU.
“Effectively a player has met with the opposition and given them some information – that is all I am allowed to say.
“All we have done is asked him why he has done it. He has replied and we now have to go through a formal disciplinary process.”